How to make a cruise ship 30 metres longer

Ever wondered how you make a cruise ship longer? This time-lapse video shows a cruise ship (the Norwegian Crown) being cut in half and extended by nearly 30 metres. The new ship is known as Balmoral and owned and operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. The work – which took just under two months – was part of a large refurbishment project carried out in 2007 at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg.

Watch as the ship is cut in half, a new section inserted and the paintwork completely stripped and re-done, with the ship’s new name then unveiled. The new vessel was able to accommodate 186 additional passengers and 56 more crew members – an increase of approximately one third.

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